The Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Anchorage Wolverines served notice that they’re ready to establish a new rivalry that actually dates back for decades after splitting a two-game North American Hockey League series in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

The Nanooks scored two goals for the second straight night on Saturday at the Carlson Center, but it wound up to be two goals short as the Nanooks dropped a 4-2 decision to the ninth ranked Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.

After winning their season opener with a huge fourth quarter rally on Friday, the Nanooks fell behind early and couldn’t get close enough to make a final run in suffering an 81-69 loss to the Hillsdale College Chargers at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

The Nanooks haven’t been able to score more than two goals in a game during their first nine games in the 2021-22 college hockey season, and that doesn’t bode well for the win column.